It’s not court order child support
If you were ordered to pay child support, then you need to pay child support.
Parents have a moral obligation to support their children, but the technical legal obligation only arises when there is a valid court order.
Absent a court order, the IRS rules govern claiming dependents on taxes. Generally, that is who the child lives with claims.
Who claims a child is not relevant to child support.
Under Louisiana law, you have a natural and legal obligation to support your child - financially, with guidance, etc.
If you fail to do these things, the step dad can petition the court to terminate your rights and adopt your child.
Short answer - if you are not court ORDERED to pay support - you can't get in direct trouble for not paying support.
But, there are LIFE consequences to supporting, or not supporting, your child or children.
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